Local mother found guilty of threatening school principal

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Updated: 6/11/2013 6:41 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Washoe County mother Valerie Bourquin-Brown has been found guilty of verbally threatening a school principal.

Bourquin-Brown was found guilty on two counts: harassment and disturbing the school. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but her sentence has been suspended. She is now ordered to attend an anger management program, perform community service and pay a $250 fine.

Bourquin-Brown made threats against Kent Vallier, Principal of Double Diamond Elementary school on October 3, 2012. Vallier has been placed on administrative leave.  A WCSD Police Officer states, the defendant made threats to staff that she was going to "have her husband come back and kick the principal's ass." The officer states the threat caused the school to go into lock down.

According to Bourquin-Brown, Vallier and the school were not coming up with a special education plan for her son who has a learning disability.
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Localcitizen - 6/14/2013 1:45 PM
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This mother was not making threats, she was frustrated at getting nowhere and said what, come one now, we have all said at one time or another in our lives. Why should a teacher or principal be off limits to a parent venting a human emotion? It is ridiculous that she was sentenced. I am certain I have said "I am going to kick your ass" on dozens of occasions in my life. Please, this is a travesty. There are boundaries, and she did NOT cross one. Our society is a joke if someone cannot express an emotion of anger or frustration without fear of being thrown in jail. I also have a child with special needs that Washoe County School District has utterly failed. I attempted to have an IEP or 504 plan implemented for my kid 5 years now, and each school fought it all the way. I can only imagine it was because it would be too expensive, or cause too much of a burden for the school to implement. The diagnosis was clear and has been provided to the school system for years. I was actually told at one point because my child scores "high" on the CRT's, the child does not qualify for IEP or a 504. That even though there were repeated f's and d's even with a private tutor, help at school, help at home, and with constant complaints from the teachers about behavior, academic attention, ability to complete tasks, etc., over the years. The principals and administrators still said no over the years. The No Child Left Behind Act clearly does NOT apply in Nevada. We rank 50th out of the country in education. Doesn't that tell anyone anything? Is it the school system's fault? Of course it is!!! Who else's fault would it be? Our school system and district is broken. Even the U.S. Department of Education is investigating Washoe County School District. The looming overhaul of our school system will take years and will be too late for my child. When the system fails one child, it potentially fails the hundreds of people that that child will touch in his or her life.

tonysam - 6/13/2013 9:19 AM
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Making threats against public officials, which includes public employees, is a crime, and the district was justified in throwing the book at this woman. I seriously doubt this was a one-time thing but instead this was part of an abusive pattern by this parent. Far too many times you will find parents of special education students are sue-happy individuals who aren't afraid to make threats against school staff in the name of "advocacy." A lot more parents should have restraining orders filed against them for threatening school staff, and when that fails, prosecute them. Just because they are taxpayers doesn't give them the right to disrespect and threatening public employee professionals.

angelwings - 6/12/2013 6:42 PM
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@kimadcap: I'm sorry I wasn't clear .... and I always triple read before I post. Travis read it perfectly. I was making a reference to cafeteria workers in the district who feed the students, bus drivers that transport, teachers who teach, and so on. No person in the district does ONE thing. Certainly Kim I apologize if I "raised your hackles" ... @ queen: You are absolutely correct - the parent knows the child best and is their first teacher (for better or worse). Now I'm not saying that it is for worse or that this particular parent is incorrect in their parenting. If she asked for special education services and didn't get them then she shouldn't going about threatening to beat someone up in my opinion.

queen - 6/12/2013 9:18 AM
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What bothers me is all I hear is people complaining. We need to remember that parents are their child's first teacher! Parents need to handle their fair share of their child. Since this parent felt they had to resort to threatening violence, I question what goes on in their home. Is this the behavior that the mother models for her child at home? Could that be what is causing his behavior? I am personally glad to see a parent held accountable. Maybe the anger management classes will help her parenting classes overall!

Travis M - 6/12/2013 12:40 AM
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klmadcap, you may want to brush up on your reading skills. angelwings is making a reference in general to the employees that are under the WCSD (teachers, admins, bus drivers, cafeteria works all fall under this statement). angelwings is not saying that they do all of this personally, they are simply stating that the WCSD as a whole does their best to provide these services.

Sparks - 6/11/2013 8:54 PM
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This is a very poorly written story..get the whole truth. The school is in the right. For those of you bashing the school they were trying to get the child help, the lovely mother wasn't doing her part.

klmadcap - 6/11/2013 6:01 PM
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Angelwings - You think way too highly of yourself. This statement definitely raised my hackles "...strive to educate your children, care for them, feed them, get them to school, and provide them the services they need." Really? Educate - I agree with that but only if you're a teacher; Care for them - NO, you're confusing educating them; Feed them - NO, not unless you're a cafeteria worker also; Get them to school - NO, not unless you're a bus driver also; Provide them services they need - that also falls under education. While a threat of violence is not an optimal method it would be nice to know more about how this story evolved to this point. I've raised 3 children and most of my experiences with WCSD staff was very positive. With that said I will refrain from any more of my opinion but you really should read what you write before you post it.

angelwings - 6/11/2013 5:39 PM
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Ok I normally don't post at all on these things. However; Firstly, this isn't the whole story - poor reporting. Secondly, to those below .... particularly @ sonny89447 threatening to harm someone isn't how you fix a problem. If you read the poor article you would have seen that there was a third party investigation. Also, if she is now turned over to the courts there will be another. Thirdly, I'm so glad a parent was finally prosecuted for threatening a school employee - it happens EVERY DAY. You guessed it, I work at a school and it happens continually and constantly. School employees are berated on a daily basis (which is terribly sad I think). Before those of you say that they deserve it (I know some are thinking it) ... keep in mind that generally all school employees out there strive to educate your children, care for them, feed them, get them to school, and provide them the services they need. To criticize them, call them names, threaten them, make global statements like "WCSD sucks because these schools don't care" is blatantly false. We have, as a society made statements like these okay. We have also made it acceptable that schools will take care of every whim, every desire that you have and be at your beck and call. I'll tell you that I love the calls from parents that are truly parents and accept responsibility for their parenting and their children. Yes, their are those that need services like special education. It is WCSD's duty to provide that. However, it is NOT our duty to accept threats of bodily harm. My guess is that there is a BIG story behind the request for service and Double Diamond did their due diligence in that regard.

sonny89447 - 6/11/2013 5:11 PM
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Thi isn't the first time that this school district has failed a special needs child. What is a parent suppose to do to get the attention of the administrators to fix this problem? It seems like nothing else worked. I think that there should be a third party investigation into this school incident!

Deana - 6/11/2013 5:01 PM
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I can totally relate, having a special needs child in a Washoe County School truly sucks because these schools don't care! The only that cared for my son was Washoe Imspire! They rule

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